#Review : The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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The Archived, #1
Victoria Schwab
Fantasy & Paranormal
January 22, 2013

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous—it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da's death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

My Thoughts

This is my second Victoria Schwab book and i really liked it. I’m going to school to be a librarian, so i really enjoyed the imagery and atmosphere. I felt the scenes were very easy to pictured and the world building was superb.

I found the characters to be written well. I really like most of them and found most to be developed well, with the exception of a few of the librarians. Mac our main character was just ok. I found her to be emotionally weak and largely selfish most of the time. We didn’t actually meet Da, but i feel i would have liked him. The males (Wes, Rolland & Owen) of the book all seemed pretty attractive. I also really like Nix.

I really enjoyed the actual story. It was so unique and written so well. The mystery was laid out pretty good, but i did figure a lot of it out in advance. Some elements did surprise me though, esp. some of the secrets of The Archive itself.

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